Details Announced on 2012 Hyundai Azera at Los Angeles Auto Show
The Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI engine is the heart of the 2012 Azera. It produces a best-in-class specific output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while having the smallest displacement V6 in the segment. This engine has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. It is rated at 293 horsepower and 255 lb. ft. of torque.
The engine is mated to Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission with shifttronic manual control. Azera's powertrain also has an Active Eco mode, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy that translates into more than a 5 percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.
Safety in the Azera is being enhanced by structurally improved seats. Hyundai engineers have developed an impact-reducing seat system for the Azera that eliminates the need for active front head restraints and is expected to reduce head and neck injuries by 17 percent over the front seats in the previous generation, which had active front head restraints. This result is achieved through optimization of seat back structure to further absorb impacts.
Hyundai is comparing the Azera to the Buick LaCrosse, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, Lexus ES 350 and Acura TL. The Azera has estimated fuel economy of 20-mpg city and 29-mpg highway for a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg. That puts it on par with the TL and Avalon for best-in-class fuel economy.
Other highlights of the 2012 Hyundai Azera include: